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Marc Webb, Scott Cooper, Joe Carnahan, Sarah Polley, Agnieszka Holland & More Line Up New Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2014 3:14 PM
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We're not sure what's in the water right now, but in the last 48 hours or so, it seems every director around the world is lining up new gigs. Maybe they're looking for a summer project to keep them busy? We have no idea, but we'll run them down, so let's get to it:

Whitey Bulger Pic 'Black Mass' Back On With Johnny Depp, Tom Hardy To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 8:43 AM
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At one time set to be directed by Barry Levinson with Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton starring, the Whitey Bulger drama "Black Mass" was shut down and seemed like one of those projects that may be forever troubled. Well, scratch that. Last month, it burbled back to life with Depp circled and "Out Of The Furnace" director Scott Cooper attached to helm, and just a couple of weeks later, the project is moving full steam ahead.

Johnny Depp May Circle Back To Whitey Bulger Pic 'Black Mass' With Scott Cooper Directing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 6:34 PM
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Okay, here's a quick recap: you might recall that this summer, Johnny Depp was slated to shoot the Whitey Bulger pic "Black Mass" with director Barry Levinson and co-star Joel Edgerton, but then things went south. Production company Cross Creek Pictures asked Depp—who they were already paying $20 million—to take a pay cut (along with everyone else), when budget went from $50 to $63 million. They couldn't manage to renegotiate his contract and the movie fell apart. But it may be coming back to life.

Review: Powerful & Confused 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale & Casey Affleck

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 5, 2013 3:07 PM
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Out Of The Furnace
In telling the story of a fundamentally decent man's descent into violence and retribution, Scott Cooper's “Out of the Furnace” plants its cues of chilly neo-noir in the claustrophobic corners of America's Rust Belt, and then nearly gets away with its own high-minded meditations. Loyalty and consequence collide in the “Crazy Heart” director's sophomore feature (from Cooper's rewrite of a script originally by Brad Inglesby), but while those themes eventually result in payoffs that are noticeably muted and confused, the film is luckily powered by a powerful trio of performances at its core, and a unique, unpredictable structure that constantly reframes the action in a compelling way.

‘Out Of The Furnace’ Director Scott Cooper Talks Fluid Narratives, Burden Of Expectations & ‘Lie Down In Darkness’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 3, 2013 4:18 PM
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Out of The Furnace
When Scott Cooper, the actor-turned-writer/director who led Jeff Bridges to Oscar glory with 2009’s “Crazy Heart,” found himself in the position to make a sophomore film, he knew the downfalls, the expectations. “I had this pile of scripts that were daunting and beautifully written, some of which have come out this year and last, but I didn't really feel an emotional connection to them,” he said

'Out Of The Furnace' Director Scott Cooper Will No Longer Direct Stephen King's 'The Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 6:42 PM
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Well, it was a brief affair, and one that ends like so many Hollywood relationships do, thanks to "creative differences" (just ask Joe Carnahan). Just three months after it found a new director after Ben Affleck exited the project, Warner Bros. will need to find someone else to direct "The Stand."

Watch: New Clip & 15 New Photos Of 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 17, 2013 9:51 AM
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Directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart"), "Out Of The Furnace," is an dramatic thriller about brothers that stars Christian Bale along with Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard.

AFI Fest Review: 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck & Woody Harrelson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 10, 2013 12:20 PM
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  • 23 Comments
Out of The Furnace
In telling the story of a fundamentally decent man's descent into violence and retribution, Scott Cooper's “Out of the Furnace” plants its cues of chilly neo-noir in the claustrophobic corners of America's Rust Belt, and then nearly gets away with its own high-minded meditations. Loyalty and consequence collide in the “Crazy Heart” director's sophomore feature (from Cooper's rewrite of a script originally by Brad Inglesby), but while those themes eventually result in payoffs that are noticeably muted and confused, the film is luckily powered by a powerful trio of performances at its core, and a unique, unpredictable structure that constantly reframes the action in a compelling way.

Ben Affleck Drops 'Tell No One,' Scott Cooper Takes Over 'The Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2013 3:01 PM
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With many corners of the internet still absolutely aghast that Ben Affleck will play Batman in "Superman Vs. Batman" aka "Man Of Steel 2," the actor/writer/director is currently re-orienting his potential plate of directorial projects. As one might expect, the shoot for the "Man Of Steel" sequel will likely keep Affleck out of the game for a good chunk of 2014. Hell, he was previously slated to helm the adaptation of Dennis Lehane's "Live By Night" for release next year, but clearly, that's not going to happen. And now you can take a couple other directorial gigs off his slate.

New Poster & Images From 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 10:38 AM
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So, we guess this means we're getting closer to a trailer… Earlier this week, we got the first images from "Out Of The Furnace," the gritty drama from "Crazy Heart" director Scott Cooper featuring a great cast including Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard and Willem Dafoe, and now a few more have arrived.

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